13 Mar Marine Animals
Port of Edmonds Marina is a Rich Environment for Marine Animals
Puget Sound is home to many marine animals and plants. From various salmon runs and three pods of resident killer whales to the world’s largest octopus, starfish, moon snail and burrowing clams. We frequently hear about the regions species and habitats facing challenges posed by shipping, dredging, overfishing, watershed development, industrial pollution, climate change, and exotic competitors and pathogens. At the Port of Edmonds marina, sea life is still thriving and many wonderful animals make the marina their home. Programs like Washington Sea Grant educate and inspire people in marine stewardship, train volunteers, and monitor shoreline habitats. Also, some colleges like Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges and the University of Washington have courses in; Biology, Evolution, Ecology, and Zoology, which educate students on plant and animal classifications and the characteristics of different animal phyla.
Port of Edmonds collaborates with class professors to allow field trips to the marina which enables the students to see firsthand the characteristics of these living animals. They learn about how the amount of light for example, can make a difference in the eco-systems
dynamics. They can see, feel and touch invertebrates. According to Ken Sebens, Professor at the University of Washington he brings his Biology class on field trips to the Port of Edmonds marina “to observe the fantastic marine invertebrates living on the docks; sometimes called fouling, but really wonderful gardens of animals”. He has done this for the past decade or so. Next time you find yourself at the Port of Edmonds marina; remember to look in the water and see what interesting marine animals make the marina their home.